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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in crisis as Donald Trump lashes out at key allies

12 June 2018

But the president kept at it as he continued en route to Singapore for his historic meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong Un.

Mr Trump roiled the G7 meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade, only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.

- Trudeau added that Trump "will continue to say what he says", but G7 countries made significant progress on matters of economy, female empowerment, environment and jobs. "He is a thug using Soviet-style aggression to wage a shadow war against America, and our leaders should act like it", Sasse said.

Trump was reacting to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said Saturday that Canada would retaliate for Trump's proposed new tariffs. According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on USA goods and services but is willing to do so.

While the agreement of legislators who are normally opposed on most fronts was remarkable, the anger also spread to pundits, officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens as Canadians vowed consumer boycotts of American goods and brainstormed insults of Trump on social media. During a Sunday Fox News broadcast just after the G7 wrapped up, U.S. President Donald Trump's top trade adviser Peter Navarro did not mince his words.

His comments set the scene for renewed clashes between Mr Trump and other world leaders at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit next month. "This can not be our party".

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While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, Mrs May told MPs: "This was a hard summit with, at times, some very candid discussions, but the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face". "I thought that was inappropriate".

"Yeah, I think that's certainly possible", says Packard.

"To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values", the Arizona senator tweeted. "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't".

The foreign affairs minister spoke to reporters in Ottawa and offered a markedly different tone from the attacks lobbed at Canada, one of the United States' closest allies, this weekend by President Trump and other members of his administration.

McCain's best friend and colleague in the Senate, South Carolina Sen.

And in Ottawa on Monday, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne urged lawmakers to speed ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that might offset losses in USA trade by binding Canada closer to Asia, Australia and Latin America.

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On trade, she said multilateral action was the way forward, not unilateral action against one's partners.

Canada certainly needs to stockpile additional firepower because the prospect of retaliatory tariffs have not given pause to a president who believes he can win a trade war. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he sighed. The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.

On trade, Tennessee Republican Sens.

But before the group could sign off on a joint statement of agreement on trade talks, Trump's advisers reportedly insisted that the US would not agree to two key points in the statement related to the environment.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been more outspoken. While leaders thought Trump may not agree to the climate charter, they had hoped the US would at least consider signing off on the ocean agreement.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, accused Trump of executing Putin's diplomatic and national security strategy, not America's.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in crisis as Donald Trump lashes out at key allies